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Laois U-20 football team named ahead of championship opener against Carlow

Laois U-20 football manager Kieran Kelly has named his starting 15 and subs for their championship opener with Carlow on Tuesday.

The game takes place in O’Moore Park on Tuesday evening with throw in scheduled for 7.30pm.

Laois reached the semi final of this competition last year where they were beaten by Kildare.

And manager Kieran Kelly is able to call upon seven players who featured in that game.

Keeper Conor Brown, Colin McEvoy, Darragh Slevin, John Brennan and Jack Byrne are all named to start again.

St Joseph’s Cormac Murphy, who was a substitute that day, is selected at wing back while Clonaslee-St Manman’s Cathal Lee, who started wing forward against Kildare, is on the bench.

They have been dealt a blow though as key forward Davy Costello is set to miss the season with a knee injury.

Laois will be away to Wexford in Round 2 on April 2 and then conclude away to Wicklow a week later.

If Laois win the group, they will play the runner up from Group 3 (Dublin, Meath and Westmeath) in the quarter final.

If they finish second in the group, they will take on the runner up from Group 1 (Kildare, Longford, Louth or Offaly) in the quarter final.

If they fail to advance from the group, they will compete in the Provincial Tier 2 competition with similar counties from other provinces.

The game throws in at 7.30pm tomorrow and we will bring you all the action on our live blog.

LAOIS: Conor Brown (Portlaoise); Darragh Loughman (Ballylinan), Conor Raggett (Portlaoise), Jake Darcy (Annanough); Cormac Murphy (St Joseph’s), John Brennan (Crettyard), Darragh Slevin (Portarlington); Colin McEvoy (Portlaoise), Killian Byrne (Ballyroan-Abbey); Sean Brennan (St Joseph’s), Jonah Kelly (Crettyard), Cian Nolan (Park-Ratheniska); Jack Byrne (Graiguecullen), Adam Hunt (Kilcavan), Jamie O’Brien (St Joseph’s)

SUBS: Oisin Ramsbottom (Stradbally), Cillian Maher (Stradbally), Conor Buggie (Stradbally), Rory Lalor (Kilcavan), Cathal Lee (Clonaslee-St Manman’s), Ethan Drury (Spink), Jamie Conway (Arles-Kilcruise), Michael Gaffney (Killeshin), James Devoy (Stradbally)

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